AIMPLB, Muslim outfits oppose questionnaire on civil code

The Board said that there are "flaws" in the personal laws governing Muslims and they are being addressed from time-to-time.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 14, 2016 2:37 pm

 

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The All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board and various other outfits on Thursday opposed the Law Commission’s questionnaire on Uniform Civil Code and announced their boycott of the move, accusing the government of waging a “war” against the community. Addressing a press conference here, they contended that Uniform Civil Code (UCC), if implemented, will paint all people in “one colour” which will threaten the country’s pluralism and diversity.

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Trashing government’s stand on the issue of triple talaq, the outfits instead claimed the community has reported lesser number of divorce cases vis-à-vis other communities, especially the Hindu community which, they said, has reported higher divorce ratio according to Census 2011.

AIMPLB general secretary Wali Rehmani, Jamiat-Ulema -e-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani and representatives of other bodies said all the Muslim sects and its women were “one” on these issues.

They said the outfits will launch a campaign to create awareness amongst Muslims from Friday, beginning with a gathering in Lucknow.

The Board said that there are “flaws” in the personal laws governing Muslims and they are being addressed from time-to-time.

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They said the country is facing problems on various fronts including the LoC and issues like killings elsewhere.

“This is all destructive. The government should try to fix this and ensure peace than seeking views on issues like UCC,” Madani said.

Contrary to the Commission’s claim that the step is an “endeavour” to address discrimination against vulnerable groups and harmonise the various cultural practices, Rehmani said when implemented the UCC will bring to an end country’s pluralism and paint all in “one colour” and end diversity and pluralism.

“People of different cultures stay in this country. If the UCC is implemented, attempts will be made to paint all in one colour, which is not in the interest of the country.

“Also, we don’t want the practice of triple talaq to be abolished. There are more divorces in other communities. Rather the highest rate, which is double that of Muslims, is among Hindus,” he claimed.

When pointed that some Muslim community members have raised the issue of triple talaq, Rehmani curtly said that “they have all the right to do so in a democracy”.

Madani termed as a “trap” the Commission’s claim that the move is an attempt to address discrimination.

“The government is trying to divert attention of people from its failure. We hope it withdraws the move. If it doesn’t, we will decide on our future course of action. At present, we are trying to create awareness among Muslims inm the country,” he added.

Meanwhile, women members of the Board stressed that contrary to perception, the personal law balances rights of Muslim women and men “very well” and that there is no need for reforms in it.

“There is no need for any reform in the law. Triple talaq is not an issue and the government’s move to impose UCC intends to snatch our religious freedom guaranteed in the Indian Constitution. That’s the reason we are fighting for our rights,” Aasma Zehra, a Board member, said.

Making perhaps the first such move, the Law Commission had on October 7 sought feedback from public on whether the practice of triple talaq be abolished and whether a uniform civil code should be optional.

 

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    Knrao
    Oct 13, 2016 at 11:31 am
    Why these Maulanas are silent on the issue of Kashmir?Why do not they show the same concern to Kashmir problem?Maulanas who are raising hue and cry over religious issues are silent about Kashmir. They do not want national integrity.For them Islam is superior to nation.If they are really patriotic they should lead a delegation to convince Kashmir separatists.Muslim league threatened congress and divided India.Muslims in India have no right to ask for any rights because all Muslims demanded stan saying that they could not live under Hindus.so the British divided India as Hindu India and Muslim stan.Hindus gave 30% land to 10% Muslims fact all Muslims should have been sent to stan.Ambedkar told that all Muslims should be sent to stan.But hi and Nehru did not listen.
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      Am ahmed
      Oct 13, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      Muslim personal law. Is 100% right
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        Ajay Singh
        Oct 13, 2016 at 11:32 am
        India is a Secular State and there has to be law to protect its secular state. Which implies that for growth of India and Betterment of Indian the Uniform Civil court is most.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Those who are opposing are fearsome and feel they would be isolated. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Under privileged people has been exploited till now and no further exploitation be allowed.
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          Bhagavath B S
          Oct 13, 2016 at 11:12 am
          take over by govt, all AIMPLB, And give to poor .
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            Bhagavath B S
            Oct 13, 2016 at 11:13 am
            they thing they canot marry four girls,
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              Rakesh Pandit
              Oct 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm
              Ahmed, muslim law says give 50 lashes punishment for small ctime, chop off hand for theft, stone till death for adultery, muslims cannot earn interest from banks, cannot get their photographs, etc. This is part of your 100%? Eh?
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                Rakesh Pandit
                Oct 13, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                Will these muslim leaders accept Sharia in totality? Including stoning to death for adultery, 50 lashes for smaller crimes, chopping off hands for theft, etc etc along with all benefits? These chaps want harsher rules for muslim women through sharia and softer rules for themselves and also for criminals. Govt has to expise this double standards of muslim leaders. This is the reason why majority Indians dont trust muslims in our country.
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                  suhas
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 11:03 am
                  Indian Muslims want Allah's Islam not Maulvis Islam. All India Muslim Personal Law Board has been terrorising the layman with its diktats all these years. Triple Talaq has been banned in 21 Muslim countries even in the country of origin of Islam but AIMPLB wants to behave like a dictator. Government should sideline AIMPLB and go ahead with Uniform Civil Code let the AIMPLB leave the country go elsewhere to pitch its tent
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